13 Apr Takeaways from Mongolia
More than the place or the activities, it’s the relationships that were formed that left a huge mark in my heart. I would never forget how Baska would always take care of us even if it means he had to walk home late just to make sure we’re safe. I’ll always remember Shawn’s positivity and humor, which kept us energized throughout the day. I will always be amazed at Ruth, Murun, and Crystal’s knowledge of the city, and how they make sure we don’t get lost. I will never forget how Saki, Gerlee, Zayaa, Tseegii, Bolor, Muji, Zulaa, Bagana, Bataa, and Jila proved that Mongolians have an amazing gift for music. I’ll always be grateful for Ptrs Oyuna, Oogii, & Hannah for welcoming us and allowing us to impart to their churches. And of course, the cutest kids in the world who became our little sunshines – Temka, Tuugii, Enji, Ana, Jemi, Esther, and Ankhiluun.
Extra props to my awesome teammates – Our Daddy-Leader Dennis, Brother-Babe JayArr & Sister-Babe Janet, Mommy May, BFFs Gracie & Ella, fearless Cheriquit, and ever-dependable Vanessa. This trip would not be as good as it turned out to be without these wonderful people.
And last but not the least, I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to join this trip. It has been a faith-building journey and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. I’ve learned so much, not just from the trainings, but from every interaction I had during the trip. Before the trip, I prayed that God would allow me to see Him in a new perspective. I’m glad that He did not only meet my expectations, but exceeded them. Even in a foreign nation, I was able to receive overflowing love from people who barely knows me. I was able to witness healing and unfolding of changed lives right before my eyes. Indeed, this trip proved to me that no language or culture or status is immune to God’s love. God is in the business of redeeming hearts, and it’s a privilege to be part of His plans and purposes for the nations.